How to Build a Mountain Bike Wheel

Building a mountain bike wheel requires a lot of skills which you can master after some practice. Many of the world’s renowned mountain bike wheel builders used to be apprentices in the bike shops from where they got the essential training. The wheels of the mountain bikes are quite different from their conventional counterparts as they are harder and need more strength and frequent adjustments to keep working in the right way.

If you are looking forward to build a wheel for your mountain bike, you can take help from the given steps.

Things required

– 64 spokes
– 64 nipples
– 2 rim hoops
– Front wheel hub
– Rear wheel hub
– Spoke wrench
– Screwdriver
– Pliers
– Truing stand


  • 1

    First of all, you have to thread one spoke through the hole that is on the rim of your bike’s hub. After that, pull the side of the spoke from the hole into the rim and tighten the screw. Then, repeat the same procedure on the other side of the spoke.

  • 2

    Take the screwdriver in order to tighten the nipples of the rim from the inside. You have to tight all the nipples equally. Now, take the spoke wrench so as to tighten each one of it until the wheel becomes firm. Then, by using the stand, you have to adjust each of the spoke by tightening or loosening it accordingly.

  • 3

    Then, you have to wrap the tape of the rim from the inside in order to stop the punctures from the nipples tops. After that, slide in the tube and tire on the rim, pump air in it and repeat the same procedure to attach the other wheel.

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